Kite with sleeves -1
Anjo city Histry Museum Curator Saito Hiroyuki

What shape are you suggested to a kite?

It could be square, hexagon, Yakko(human shape) or triangle made with plastic.

Sakurai kite, which is passed on us at Sakurai area in Anjou city, is the shape of
Hukusuke, horsefly, Tenjin, butterfly or bee. And, any shape of these has a sleeve (Hutai: Pouch of wind or wind tunnel) on both sides.

Then, are these kites with sleeves(Sode-tako) found in the whole country? @

Actually, we noticed curious facts when we inquired the shape of traditional kite at the various area in the Tokai region.

To the east area of Mikawa and the west of Shizuoka Prefecture, namely, to Toyohashi city, Atsumi Peninsula and Hamakita city in Shizuoka Prefecture, the shape of the kite is oblong square and the underneath is dented.

And it is square in Hamamatu city, but at Sagara city in Haibara County it is pentagon like a baseball plate.

Every one of them is angular form. And on Tango no Sekku( May 5) they fly the kite for
the celebration of their sons nativity.

We call this area the Hatu-tako (the celebration kite) culture area.

We can find the kite with sleeves like Sakurai kite in the Nobi plain area (from Nagoya city to Chita peninsula and from Aichi prefecture to Gifu prefecture) and at Shingu city in Kii peninsula. This area is called the Sode-tako( the kite with sleeves) culture area.

Sakurai-tako is famous for various forms and vivid colors. And then, Shingu-tako and Ki-tako(Nishio city in Aichi prefecture) is similar, but many of the others merely are a shape of horsefly or cicada. And color is also simple.

The kite with sleeves reveals characteristic movements when it goes up. The kite didnt budge by even a fraction till now, though, after a split second it rose swinging Hutai(pouch of wing or tunnel of wing) back and forth all the time. Thus, the movement is complicated contrary to all appearances.

And then, they flied kites in spite of the season and hold kite meets called tako-kai.

Though, the kite with sleeves like these is never found in Shiga prefecture.

The kite, which have an area of 100 tatami mats and 13 meter high, is flied on May 5(Tango no Sekku) in Yokaichi city.

And, Yakko-tako( a kite of human shape) which is a kind of Edo-tako(Edo : former Tokyo) is a shape open sleeves like sode- tako( a kite with sleeves). But the observation of the framework reveals that the kite is entirely different from sode-tako.

So, it is deduced that a sode-tako like Sakurai-tako range over only the west in Tokai region all over the country.

Then, is there a relationship between each sode-tako of these?

I mean to talk about this including the biginnig of Sakurfai-tako next time.

Translated by Tadashi

Our club(the preservation club of Sakurai kite ) are now inviting new member!
Our activities are not only making kites but also lectures , flying kites, talking about kite, investigations, kite sports and so on. There are many ways of enjoying a kite. Join us and succeed to the kite culture in Anjo city.
Membership is not limited except membership fee.

membership fees 2,000yen a year (but only under 18years 1,000yen a year)
Please send your application to the following e-mail address.

Secretary general Tsuzuki Hideyuki


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